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At the height of its career, the HUP was on every aircraft carrier in the American feet.
The Army version H-25A carried pilot, co-pilot, three stretchers or 4 passengers and featured a 400 LB hydraulic hoist.
The HUP was also the first production helicopter to feature auto-pilot.
Frank N. Piasecki worked for Kellet Autogryro until 1943 when he started his own company. Piasecki held the first helicopter pilot’s license issued in the U.S. he produced the 2nd helicopter to fly in the U.S. and the largest and first practical tandem rotor helicopter (HRP).
The HUP was active in Korea serving as transport and liaison as well as land and sea rescue.
This is one of 50 Army H-25’s, (serial # 147582-147630) that were acquired by the NAVY and became HUP-3’s (later UH-25C).